The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church established by Jesus Christ in A.D. 33. From that time on, the successors to the Apostles, Orthodox bishops, have maintained this holy faith unchanged unlike other “christian” denominations which introduced new teachings or removed important teachings.
The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCA) was formed in 1920 by bishops who were forced to leave their homeland along with millions of Russian people, all fleeing the horrors of the communist system in the Soviet Union, and settling in many different countries throughout the world. Our bishops, clergy, and laity refused to accept Soviet control of all facets of life, and most importantly refused to allow the militantly atheistic Soviet government to interfere in and to control the Church.
On May 17, 2007 despite protests from many people, a large part of the ROCA entered into Eucharistic communion with the Moscow Patriarchate (MP), the state-controlled official Russian Church, and allowed the MP effective control over their churches and clergy. A smaller part chose to remain loyal to the historical Russian Orthodox Church and to continue the original mission of an independent ROCA.
Our bishops, clergy and laity vehemently stand against any attempt to adulterate the Church’s Holy Traditions, therefore we have nothing to do with the modern ecumenical movement. We are opposed to ecumenism because it teaches that all religions can pray together regardless of which god or gods their followers worship. Ecumenists allow communal prayers with anyone who vaguely refers to his religion as “christian” and even pray together with religions which reject and do not worship our Lord, such as Hindus, Buddhists, Moslems, Jews etc. This practice contradicts the teachings of the Apostles and of the Holy Fathers.
Instead we retain the original Church Traditions (teachings) handed down from Jesus Christ and the Apostles. We also observe the old Julian calendar.
We are eternally grateful to the Yarraville Belarus parish of the Holy Martyrs of Vilnius who warmly welcomed our sizeable group when the ROCA united with the state-controlled Moscow Patriarchate in 2007.
Our ruling hierarch is His Eminence Andronik, Archbishop of Syracuse and St Nicholas, residing in New York State (USA).
Since our parishioners come from various ethnic backgrounds our church services are in Church Slavonic, English and Greek.
Since Orthodox Christianity is the original faith taught by Our Lord Jesus Christ, it is not just for Russians, Greeks, Serbs, Arabs, etc. It is for anyone who believes in the Lord and who wants to be prepared for eternal life.
Whether you currently attend an Orthodox parish, or would like to know more about the Orthodox faith, we welcome you to visit our parish or to contact us if you have any questions.